Rated 1 out of 5 by nadagreatcompactor Broan 15ss is not as robust as previous Broan trash compactors
We needed to replace an older Broan trash compactor that died after 15 years. My disappointments in current design:
1) had to reconfigure kitchen cabinets since the new units are several inches wider
2) the trash compactor bags are larger, and not available locally (we've checked Costco & Target so far)
3) to access old compactor you simply pulled the drawer out. this unit you must first open the cabinet door, then pull out the drawer. very awkward
4) the cabinet door has been pulled off by my daughter already. very flimsy.
5) the compacting arm does not compact as much as old model. the bag always looks "full"
6) the best I can say is that this unit is quiet
January 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by WM54 BROAN COMPACTOR
Good features works well the odor disc works really helps
only drawback you must first open the door then pull out the container
to throw in garbage. Should be some kind of foot release so that both
hands can be used while working
August 24, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by DKTX Very dissapointing product--would not recommend!
I had purchased this trash compact her to match the other appliances I bought wall upgrading my kitchen. I think it is a very poor design. You have to use your hands to open the door and to slide out the trash can. Furthermore you have to push the button continuously for the trash compacter to complete its cycle. This can be up to 30 seconds of standing beside the machine depressing the button. Finally the compacter trash can is not the standard size, so you have to buy Broan trash bags which are rather expensive compared to the standard trash compact bags.
August 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kathy520 This product is reliable and has great features.
We purchased a house that had a Broan Compactor 23 years ago.
That Compactor never gave us any trouble in the 10 years we were in that house.
We moved to another state and in 2008 had a new home built.
We decided to purchase a Kitchenaid Compactor because it had a foot pedal and it matched our refrigerator. That compactor started giving us trouble in 2011 and eventually broke down completely this year 6/2013.
I was delighted to find a Broan to purchase and install ourselves 8/2013.
This product is far superior in performance and quality.
The Kitchenaid was tinny sounding and can't compare to the quality of the Broan.
Thanks for making such a superior product.
August 20, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Jacarepagua Good product, with great support
This product works very well. I like the fact that it does not have a foot pedal to open it, but rather the "door and drawer" method. I installed the product myself, and it was straight forward and not difficult. There is a green light on the unit that indicates the unit is ready to operate. After several weeks, the light quit working. I contacted the service department and they were ready to send someone out under warranty to fix it. I asked them if I could fix it myself so save the effort of the service call. They said yes, sent me the part, and gave me excellent instructions to replace it. Unfortunately, the light failed again 2 weeks later. Again I called the service department, and they "engineered" a improved light and harness just for me! I replaced it and it has worked perfectfly ever since. Braun customer service is extraordinary!
July 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mainer Love it while it's working
This is the 2nd summer season of use on my 15SS. I purchased this for a weekly summer rental property I recently built with the intent to reduce the number of bags the follow on tenant needs to bring to the curbside each week. The compactor works great when it works which is most of the time however I have had an intermittent issue with it since purchase. The compactor's compression plate gets stuck either in the up or down position. I have had several (all?) switches replaced on the unit in the off season and the problem re-occured this season. I have this in a rental property which gets use only during the summer months for one week at a time per tenant. In the off season it is in a climate controlled home. The support staff at Broan is troubled by the frequency of issues also. I will say that Broan has stood by this product from a quality perspective and has covered the cost of all repair visits and parts. The staff as Broan is knowledgeable, courteous, and most importantly I'm not speaking to someone in a 3rd world nation when I call. I have a 12" model which has been discontinued in my other house, which works perfectly. Despite the issues mentioned I would certainly buy this product again, in particular because of their service and integrity. In general I am a Broan fan, and I expect this issue to be resolved. I also like the design better on the 15ss. The removable compression plate is handy for cleaning in between tenants. Much better than on my older 12" model. This unit also has the ability to keep the compression plate down to aid with compacting in between additions of trash. I don't really use that because it leads towards people inadvertently dropping trash on top of the compression plate if they don't pull the drawer out to recognize the plate is in the down position.
July 9, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by katmom would not buy compactor without foot pedal
guides on side of machine don't work well.... difficult to pull all the way out for bag changing.
August 1, 2013